Chechnya Opens Concentration Camps For Gay Men, According To Reports
Photo: Ramzan Kadyrov, Head of the Russian Chechen Republic (YouTube)
This is outrageous!
According to reports, last week, at least 100 gay men had been rounded up in Chechnya, and three of those men had been killed.
This week, horrifying news continues to emerge from the the southern Russian republic.
Reports state that Chechyna has opened up concentration camps for homosexuals, where gay men are allegedly being tortured with electric shocks, and beaten to death.
The Daily Mail has more:
One of the camps is reportedly at the former military headquarters in the town of Argun.
Svetlana Zakharova, from the Russian LGBT Network, told MailOnline: 'Gay people have been detained and rounded up and we are working to evacuate people from the camps and some have now left the region.
'Those who have escaped said they are detained in the same room and people are kept altogether, around 30 or 40. They are tortured with electric currents and heavily beaten, sometimes to death.'
One of those who escaped told Novoya Gazeta that prisoners were beaten to force them to reveal other members of the gay community.
Another prisoner who fled said that before being incarcerated in one of the camps, he had been forced to pay bribes to Chechen police of thousands of rubles every month in order to survive.
Alexander Artemyev, from Amnesty International in Russia, told MailOnline: 'We can only call on the Russian authorities to investigate the allegations. Homosexuals in Chechyna are treated very harshly and prosecuted daily and they are afraid to talk about it.
'They either have to hide or leave the republic. We are keeping in touch with the LGBT network that helps people in Russia to find shelter. The problem is people there cannot talk about it as it puts their lives and those they speak to, in danger. This is the main issue we are facing in Russia and the main challenge.'
Although his regime denies the accusations, President Razman Kadyrov, an essential ally to Vladimir Putin, is allegedly linked to what reports have described as an LGBT "purge."
H/T: The Daily Mail